It is said that creative writing is a fruit of immense vacuum. Only, if it was true then solitude would have made every single person on this earth a great writer, during some time of his life. An essential part of a writer’s on-the-job training would then be to stay as an ascetic. I guess, solitude dint’ work much to the favor of developing creative writing skills and therefore the question: Can Creative Writing Be Taught?
To understand the process of creative writing we must first understand the concept of creative writing itself. As we understand, creative writing is about taking up writing as an experimental innovator, explorer of the literature and harbinger of ideas. The very nature of creative writing makes it a process immensely different from other forms of writing. But then, creative writing when understood as a way of writing is no different from other forms of writing. So why is it that a number of people who can write a three hundred word answer in their examination can not write a single word on an article ‘Being a creative writer’.
One block, which is the toughest to overcome for learners of creative writing, is lack of knowledge. That, however, has been largely overcome because of 24/7 access to information that we nowadays have over search engines such as Google. The creative writing task now boils down to opining and giving your take on the literature. Well, a simple example of creative writing would be elaborating on a given phrase or writing a movie review. But for that you will have to think like a judge and opine like a critique.
This is what will make you a good creative writer. For those who would like to take a step-by-step approach to creative writing here is the ladder:
• Read Voraciously: Reading builds up an interest for writing. You need to have a strong base and loads of data stored in your subconscious that you can later use to build your own works. Read everything from confusing poems to boring newspapers to colorful magazine issues to even prescriptions and collect something from everywhere.
• Talk To People: When you talk you gain a lot of perspectives on various things. Talk about anything that you would like to writ about. Don’t judge their opinion. Rather, use it as concrete to build upon your writing.
• Organize your Ideas: Keep a note of all your thoughts and experiences. Collect your reactions to every situation or experience, no matter how foolish they seem. This way you are gathering real life examples that you can use while writing.
• Practice Writing: Start Today. The best way to learn creative writing is to begin your writing journey as soon as you realize that you would like to write. At first you may be disappointed with yourself. But don’t give up. Keep writing and you will eventually grow better.
Creative-writing classes or seminars are a proper institute where creative-writing is taught to those who wish to improve or discover the creative streak within them. These classes have actually validated that creative writing can be taught to students who have never tried creative writing by others who themselves have never tries creative writing to learn how to write creatively. Now, that’s the only proof I needed.